Monday, October 24, 2011

This Week's News: Youth in Transition


Teacher uses experience as dropout to help at-risk students
Standard-Examiner, Ogden, UT – October 17, 2011
When Cassie Cox dropped out of high school in 1992, all she saw were dead ends. Now, 19 years later, she inspires the at-risk students at Two Rivers High School to reach for the stars. She credits her life change to one major thing: education.

New PSAs, Microsite Aim to Keep Teens in School
AdAge – October 18, 2011
The U.S. Army and the Ad Council are introducing new PSAs in their Boost Up campaign encouraging students ages 9 to 17 to stay in school. The TV, radio, print, outdoor and online work was produced pro bono by Publicis, New York.  The effort targets friends, parents and adult influencers of at-risk students, directing them to go to to learn about dropout rates, the challenges of staying in school until graduation and how to get involved with students or classroom projects in their communities.

Educators work to reach kids during 'pivotal years'
The Tennessean, Tennessee – October 17, 2011
Reforming high schools was Tennessee’s last big effort.  State lawmakers revamped credit and testing requirements while local districts opened special wings for freshmen, grouped sophomores by career interest and touted online classes to pull more seniors across the finish line.

Juvenile Justice

Justice & Defense Departments Provide $20 Million to Support Military Children and Families
Joining Forces – October 17, 2011
On Friday, I was honored to join General Raymond Odierno, Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army, and Dr. Jill Biden, the Second Lady of the United States – and a proud Blue Star mom – at the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention’s National Conference, “Children’s Justice & Safety: Unite, Build, Lead.”  During this three-day conference, more than 2,500 juvenile justice practitioners and experts gathered to reflect upon and redouble current efforts to build a brighter, more secure, and more just future for our nation’s young people.

Foster Care

Youth program gains statewide recognition
Times-Standard, Humboldt County, CA – October 23, 2011
The Humboldt County Transition Age Youth Collaboration program is being recognized by a statewide organization for innovation in county government.   The merit award was given by the California State Association of Counties, which presents a small number of Challenge and Merit Awards each year. The program was one of nine merit awardees chosen from more than 250 entries. ”The name of this awards program has never been more appropriate,” said Paul McIntosh, the association's executive director. “The 2011 Challenge and Merit Awards exemplify the amazing spirit and commitment of our counties and the dedicated individuals who provide the vital services that 38 million Californians depend on every day.”

Teen Pregnancy

Grant Money Used to Help Prevent Teen Pregnancy
CBS 47, Fresno, CA – October 21, 2011
Hundreds of thousands of dollars in grant money will be used to help prevent teenage pregnancies in the Valley.  Sarah Villa got pregnant when she was just 16-years-old. "You know I was in shock that it happened to me. I was a straight 'A' student, so it was a difficult thing for our family," said Villa. She says too many teenagers think it won't happen to them.

Grant to Examine and Reduce High Incidence of American Indian Teen Pregnancy
Indian Country Today Media Network, South Dakota – October 18, 2011
Teen pregnancy rates among American Indians in South Dakota exceed the rest of the state’s population by four times, reported the Rapid City Journal.  Sanford Research and the University of South Dakota (USD) have been awarded a $1.5 million grant to address related issues and lower the rate of pregnant American Indian teens.

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